The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power

Ashley Roy

Nuclear power: something that has been used many times in war. It’s the cause of many lives lost, the cause of several cities being destroyed. Many leaders in history have been known to fear, want them, or come to despise it. In today’s society, should nuclear power be frowned upon, or praised? It’s a well known fact that nuclear power has caused many disasters in the past and has damaged the environment through the process.

It is interesting how nuclear power is 100 percent clean and doesn’t produce any greenhouse gases. Nuclear power contains many risks, however. The way it’s made is a big factor to its danger. Nuclear power is made using rods of uranium and other highly radioactive materials to produce heat through fission. Fission is a process in which the nucleus of an atom splits into two or more smaller nuclei, producing large amounts of energy as a result. The energy fission created turns into heat, and this heat turns into steam which runs through and powers a turbine, leading to the creation of electricity. Radiation is highly dangerous to the environment and the planet in general; real life events like Cheynobul and Fukushima showcase the disastrous effects that radiation has had and will continue to have if it is let loose. Native animals could become extinct, and native plants could, as well.

However, nuclear power isn’t all as bad as it seems to be. Nuclear power produces high amounts of clean energy for a whole country to use, and it’s relatively cheap to run at the same time. However, with all the advantages nuclear power provides, is it worth it? While nuclear power plants are highly-monitored and always kept in control nowadays, there’s always another chance of a Fukushima happening again if the power were to fall into the incorrect hands. Even with safety procedures in case of disaster, there’s no guarantee or promise of no extreme disaster. It’s not unlikely these events would occur on a much larger scale. Accidents happen, but when it comes to nuclear power, should the majority of humanity be putting their trust into a small minority who knows how to deal with this power?

Even if someone knows how to deal with the power, and even if tests are being monitored or experiments being done constantly to spread the understanding of the power, everyone is human and bound to make mistakes. What will happen if that single mistake ends up costing the human population their lives? The land would be barren and corrupt without a chance of regeneration, animals would be scattered, and it’s very much likely the hands of the remaining humans would be surviving just for food, since it would be contaminated, along with several water sources. Overall, choosing to use nuclear power is something that could very well get the majority of humanity